Discover Sydney’s Northern Beaches, city centre, and beyond by bike with the whole family
Thinking of some fun cycling activities to with the kids these holidays?
Here’s some family cycling inspiration from the team at #BrookvaleBikeFactory to get the family out and about on the Northern Beaches, exploring our city centre and beyond.
1. Narrabeen Lagoon Trail
With an 8.4km trail that takes you right around Narrabeen Lake, this makes for a beautiful morning or afternoon outing. The whole family can cycle together along the trail made for cyclists, walkers, and runners which hugs the lake. You can stop off at the various parks, with lots of cafes and picnic areas to play, eat and recharge.
2. Manly-Queenscliff Esplanade
Take a cruise along the coast from Queenscliff all the way along to Manly’s Shelly Beach. This stunning 5.4km stretch of coast features amazing swimming spots, picnic areas, parks, and a deluge of cafe and eatery options. If it’s a Sunday, you might be lucky enough to enjoy Manly’s produce market on a Sunday or the craft markets open each Saturday and Sunday.
3. Botanical Gardens
Take your family and your bikes for an adventure into the city via the Manly Ferry, and you’ll end up right at Sydney’s tourist epicentre at Circular Quay, with views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Embarking at Circular Quay, simply take a left turn off the ferry, pass on by the iconic Sydney Opera House and roll into Sydney’s Botanical Gardens, established in 1816, get to know the people, plants, and places that have shaped these beautiful gardens.
4. The Rocks, Dawes Point, Millers Point & Barangaroo
Take the ferry from Manly into Circular Quay and make a hard turn right to discover The Rocks, Dawes Point, and Miller’s Point, and discover the buildings and pathways which were developed in colonial times. This area, traditionally known as Tallawolada, belongs to the local Gadigal people. Cycling around The Rocks is easy. Travel along George Street, then turn right along Hickson Road. You can cycle up to the Observatory, home to Australia’s most accessible telescope domes, a 3D Space Theatre, and the Sydney Planetarium. Or keep going all the way along Walsh Bay finger wharf area, with its restaurants, theatres, and creative arts centres. Turn into Towns Place and you’ll end up in Barangaroo on Millers Point. There are a plethora of cafes, restaurants, and pubs to stop on the way.
5. Centennial Parklands
Opened way back in 1888, the 3.8-kilometer ‘Grand Drive’ that encircles Centennial Park is flat, car-free, and surrounded by greenery. Either bring your bikes here, otherwise, you can hire all kinds of bicycles and peddlers, including Fred Flinstone-style pedal cars, which can carry two to four people at once.
So, go on, get outside and go with your family on your bikes to explore the great cycle paths of the Northern Beaches, into the City and beyond. Do you have some favourite family-friendly places to cycle with your family? Feel free to share them with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.